SUVs are safer than ever before, but there are still some lingering questions

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at 4:57 pm
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Are crossover SUVs safer than cars?

Few consumer products are as focused on safety than the cars, trucks and crossover SUVs made by Honda and sold at Matt Castrucci Honda. It seems unthinkable there was even a day, much less several generations where something as ubiquitous as seat belts requirements – or even standard equipment. In the modern automotive industry, crossover SUVs are the most popular vehicle platform on the market today. While a lot of changes have been made, driving a crossover SUV is not the same as driving a sedan, coupe or hatchback.

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Driving a car versus a crossover SUV

In the earliest days of SUVs, many automakers built them on the frames of compact and full-size pickup trucks. People weren’t immediately aware of how SUVs handled and a lot of deaths and injuries were caused by the vehicles rolling over during erratic maneuvering. Over the last 25-plus years, we now know that the higher center of gravity of an SUV requires a different method of driving and braking. Electronic stability control systems have been mandated by the federal government since the 2012 model year after being fairly standard across the board for years before that.

An article published by Consumer Reports in 2013 sheds a little light on the idea of the safety of cars versus SUVs. It said, in part, that in a crash how protected a vehicle’s occupants are can be affected by the type of vehicle they are in. This is especially true when it comes to head-on collisions. Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does extensive testing on all models available to buyers in the United States to help people make the best possible decision.

Another point made in the Consumer Reports article is that it’s important for buyers to consider vehicles with active safety measures. Within the new Honda inventory available at Matt Castrucci Honda that means taking a look at the HondaWatch system. HondaWatch is a suite of sensors that can help a driver avoid a dangerous situation where a crash might occur.

If you would like to learn more about the standard and available safety features available for every new or pre-owned vehicle available in our inventory, stop by the Matt Castrucci Honda showroom today.

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